Lesson Plan : Classifying Expository Writing

Teacher Name:
 Mr. Holz
Grade:
 Grade 11-12
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 Expository writing (EDITED 4)
Content:
 This presumes that students have had an introduction to expository writing. The students will use the information to classify pieces of writing into different types of Expository Writing. Vocabulary: Expository Writing- Exemplification, Process Analysis, Compare and Contrast, Cause and Effect, Definition, Classification and Division, and Argumentation.
Goals:
 1. the students will utilize the information they learned in the introduction and begin implementing that information as they classify different forms of expository writing. 2. The students will understand that prose is all around them, and particularly that expository writing is commonly found in the everyday world outside of the classroom.
Objectives:
 1. Given 2-3 different examples of expository writing (songs, movies, poems, essays, articles), the students will classify them according to the type of expository essay. 2. Given time to research, the students will bring an example of expository writing to class.
Materials:
 Overhead projector, worksheets, computer with dvd playing abilities, cd player
Introduction:
 The teacher will introduce the lesson with an example. The class, will classify a couple pieces of writing together with the teacher. The students will listen to a song, and read an essay, and then we will discuss the classification. We will review the definitions of the different types, and specifically go over the questions to ask ourselves. We will discuss what they essay says, and what it is trying to do.
Development:
 After modeling how to classify pieces into their expository categories, the teacher will divide the class into their previously assigned groups. Each group will be assigned 2-3 pieces of writing to classify. In each group there will be a reader, a note taker, a time keeper, and a presenter.
Practice:
 After the students have had enough time to classify a couple pieces, they will present the results to the class. They will read the piece aloud, and then present their results and defend their reasoning. as well as the results. The rest of the class will be given an opportunity to respond, to discuss, to disagree.
Accommodations:
 The teacher will provide typed handouts for everything we do, including songs. Movies are run with closed caption turned on. Students will be given examples before doing it on their own. Group work as well as individual work will be utilized.
Checking For Understanding:
 The students will hand in their group (a worksheet that asked what type of expository writing it was, why it was this, specific reasons, questions they asked/answered,etc.)This worksheet will assist them in explaining why they classified the way they did and will help them to better understand expository writing. Each student will hand in their homework (example of expository outside of class) the next day. This will help students understand that this type of writing is everywhere, all around them.
Closure:
 We will close the lesson with a brief discussion about the classification process. Students will chart their discoveries as they have this discussion.
Evaluation:
 The students will be evaluated on their worksheets, completed by the teams. The discussions will assist teacher in evaluating the effectiveness of the lesson.
Teacher Reflections:
 What was difficult? What was easy? What did they learn? Have their concepts of prose changed?

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